If your dryer vent is not working as it should, it is best to have it looked at sooner than later because certain problems can be very dangerous and can lead to more serious issues. Excessive lint and debris can lead to dryer vent problems and can make the task of doing laundry a lot more difficult. It will also make the task more time-consuming and can pose a fire hazard to your home. Additionally, it will reduce efficiency while increasing your energy costs and can even encourage harmful biological growth. To prevent these things from happening, you need to make sure you avoid dryer vent problems, such as the following:

A Clogged Dryer Vent Exhaust

Lint build-up is a very common cause of dryer vent problems. The accumulation of lint can increase the number of cycles your dryer requires to dry clothes and can also cause overheating or potentially lead to a fire. Other elements like debris and animal nests can also cause dryer vent blockage, so it is very important that you clean your dryer vents regularly to prevent this from happening.

Compressed Dryer Transition Tubing

If your dryer is pushed against a wall, it may result in flattened transition tubes because most dryers have a short distance between the back unit and the wall. You may need to replace the tubes with a semi-rigid metal duct or move the unit away from the wall if this happens.

Excessive Vent Turns

Ideally, a dryer vent should be in a straight line. Vent turns can increase the accumulation of lint and other debris and this can reduce the unit’s efficiency, so try to avoid multiple turns in your dryer vent as this will decrease the chances of complications.

Poor Installation

This is a serious issue because a poorly installed vent can cause a number of different problems not only for the unit, but for your home as well. It can jeopardize your safety because it can cause an electrical short circuit or fires and will make your dryer unit inefficient. If you think that your dryer was installed incorrectly, contact an HVAC technician right away for peace of mind.

Excessively Long Vent

If you want to maximize the efficiency and energy of your unit, you need a short dryer vent, so if your dryer is located far from the exhaust, try moving it to a better location, as this will help prevent lint build-up, heat retention and fire hazards as well.

Inkster Heating & Cooling will ensure your vent is clean so that you don’t experience any problems. Whether you need help with an air conditioner, furnace or ventilation, we do it all, so if you are in the Winnipeg area, contact us today!